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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2007

State to auction surplus property this week
Auctions enable bidding online via www.proxibid.com, state warehouse in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Central Management Service (CMS) will host public surplus property auctions as it continues to sell items no longer needed by state government.  The first auction – with real-time online bidding – will take place on Tuesday, January 23 beginning at 4 p.m. at www.proxibid.com.  The traditional live auction in the state’s Surplus Property Warehouse will be on Wednesday, January 24, starting at 8 a.m.

Auction items can be previewed at the Springfield-based warehouse located at 1924 South 10 ½ Street, on Monday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 23, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. 
 
“Surplus property auctions are an important process for the state, both to sell items that Illinois government no longer needs and to generate revenue,” said CMS Director Paul Campbell.  “Online bidding brings more people to the table from all corners of the state and nation, and even other countries.  This helps us to achieve top dollar for our surplus assets and brings a business-like approach to our operations.”

Interested online bidders for the Tuesday, January 23 webcast auction can pre-register and preview items at www.proxibid.com beginning at 9 a.m. on auction day.  Items being sold via webcast at 4 p.m. include:

• Kubota 8200 diesel lawn tractor, Yanmar diesel tractor and a Clark power worker forklift
• Champion 220 volt air compressor, Craftsman 10’ radial arm saw, Tennant concrete/asphalt scarifiers and a Rockwell metal band saw
• Hydraulic pole tampers, welders, hydraulic hoses, bench grinder, pressure washer, bench vise and welding gauges
• Manitowoc ice maker, rotary mowers, chain saw, core sample drill, hydraulic floor jack and line paint stripers
• Several electronic testers including amp meter, ohm meter, laser meter and a pyrometer
• Microscopes, battery chargers, computer software, laptop computers, and laptop printers
Registration for the in-warehouse auction begins at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 24; the auction will start at 8 a.m.  Bidders can purchase items including:

• International 424 gas tractor, single axle trailers, straight and ‘V’ snow plows
• 6’, 7’, and 8’ rotary brush mowers, Yanmar mounted generator, Tar Kettles, and (2) 6’ 3-point blades
• Champion air compressor, a large Moak jig saw, Billy Goat lawn/parking lot vacuum with a Honda 5.5 hp engine, a pressure washer, a floor sweeper, and weed trimmers
• Hobart welder with Wisconsin engine, power hack saw, line paint stripers, string trimmers and a radial arm saw
• Pianos, exercise equipment and wooden library card files
• Ala Cart food warmer/cooler system with trays and other stainless steel kitchen equipment
• Office equipment including laptops, desks, copiers, filing cabinets, chairs, books, typewriters, copy machines and other miscellaneous items of equipment and furniture

Acceptable forms of payment include cash, Visa, MasterCard, money order, and cashiers or travelers checks.  Personal or business checks will not be accepted unless accompanied by a formal bank letter guaranteeing payment.  Additional details are located at www.cms.illinois.gov.  All sales are final; there are no warranties or guarantees, implied or expressed.

This auction builds on the State’s regular weekly web-based auction – iBid, often referred to as the eBay of Illinois™ – which is hosted at www.ibid.illinois.gov.  To learn more about the state’s Surplus Property Program, visit www.cms.illinois.gov or call 1-217-782-7786.

About the Department of Central Management Services (CMS):
When Governor Rod Blagojevich was first elected in 2003, he gave CMS a simple mandate: ‘to run the business of government like a business.’  The agency continues to implement that directive by streamlining the state’s internal operations, sharing resources and saving taxpayer money while improving the business functions of state government.  By bringing private-sector discipline to its public-sector mission, the department leads the cost-effective administration of purchasing, property management, information technology, telecommunications, internal audit and outside legal services for the state’s executive agencies, personnel and benefits for all state employees and retirees, and the state’s employee and vendor diversity programs. 



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